Zootrophion dayanum (Rchb. f.) Luer 1982 Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Photo Site

Plant and Flowers

Another View Photo by Patricia Harding.

Common Name Day's Zootrophion [English Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

This small sized, cool growing epiphytic species is found in the Andes of Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador in wet montane forests or cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 1900 meters with short stems carrying a single, apical, erect, ovate to elliptic, subobtuse, apiculate, short-petiolate leaf that blooms in the fall on an apical, shorter than the leaf, single flowered inflorescence with tubular scarious bracts and a pendulous flower.

Synonyms Cryptophoranthus argus Rchb. f. ex Kraenzl.; Cryptophoranthus dayanus (Rchb. f.) Rolfe 1887; Cryptophoranthus hologlottis Schltr.; Cryptophoranthus lehmanni Rolfe; Masdevallia argus Rchb.f. ex Kraenzl. 1921; *Masdevallia dayana Rchb. f. 1880; Zootrophion argus (Rchb. f. ex Kraenzl.) Luer

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Cryptophoranthus dayanus; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 as Cryptophoranthus dayanus drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Cryptophoranthus dayanus drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 523 Dodson 1982 as Cryptophoranthus dayanus drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing good; Orquideologia Vol 26 No 1 2009 photo fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 29 #1 2012 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #9 2019 photo fide;